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Great Plains National Instructional Television Library

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Works: 3,249 works in 4,764 publications in 1 language and 48,107 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Children's films  Drama  Children's television programs  Biographical films  Historical films  Fiction  Animated films  Educational television programs  Hymns 
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Most widely held works by Great Plains National Instructional Television Library
Digging up dinosaurs by Aliki( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 720 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Digging up dinosaurs, by Aliki. Host LeVar Burton sets off in his jeep to explore the mystery surrounding the life and death of the dinosaur
Gregory the terrible eater by Mitchell Sharmat( visu )
20 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 673 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Gregory, the terrible eater, by Mitchell Sharmat. A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tin cans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice. Host LeVar Burton also visits a zoo to find out some surprising facts about the eating habits of goats and other animals
If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff( visu )
12 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 457 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "If you give a mouse a cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Discusses chain reactions from a bowling alley, leading into the reading of the main story. Then it's off to a factory where bowling balls are made and a domino expert demonstrates how he designs chain reactons as he sets up a domino art event. Reviews: "This is the key to the kingdom" by Diane Worfolk Allison, "The house that Jack built" illustrated by Jebby Stow, and "Smart dog" by Ralph Leemis
Bugs by Nancy Winslow Parker( visu )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
Bugs includes general information, jokes and descriptions of the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of a variety of common insects. Other segments include: LeVar visits Insect world: with the assistance of an entomologist LeVar discovers the uniqueness of a wide variety of bugs and insects at Cincinnati Zoo's Insect World ; See the migration of Monarch Butterflies: take a trip to the mountains in Mexico to find out where monarch butterflies go when they migrate for the winter
The day Jimmy's boa ate the wash by Trinka Hakes Noble( visu )
11 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 423 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book The day Jimmy's boa ate the wash, by Trinka Hakes Noble. Host LeVar Burton also visits an exotic pet shop, a farm, and a livestock fair
Amazing grace by Michael Apted( visu )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 388 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman leads into a discussion of stereotyping. LeVar interviews Whoopi Goldberg, where the topic of pursuing your own dreams is discussed
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon( visu )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 386 libraries worldwide
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby rat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother
Follow the drinking gourd : a story of the Underground Railroad by Bernardine Connelly( visu )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Follow the drinking gourd" by Jeanette Winter about the Underground Railroad that helped lead slaves to freedom. Host LeVar Burton introduces viewers to the history, heroes, stories and music of the African-American culture which emerged from slavery. Additional books reviewed: "Shake it to the one you love the best : play songs and lullabies from the black musical traditions" collected and adapted by Cheryl Warren Mattox ; "A picture book of Harriet Tubman" by David A. Adler ; "Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt" by Deborah Hopkinson
Miss Nelson is back by Harry Allard( visu )
8 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 364 libraries worldwide
Discusses surprises and disguises and presents a reading of the book, Miss Nelson is back, by Harry Allard and James Marshall
How to make an apple pie and see the world ( visu )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 353 libraries worldwide
LeVar Burton is put in the kitchen where he gets some fun cooking tips from chef Curtis Aikens, and uses science to unravel some of the unknown tricks and reasons behind everyday cooking
Paul Bunyan by Jonathan Winters( visu )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 351 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Paul Bunyan, by Steven Kellogg. Deals with a forest fire, Smokey Bear, and woodsmen competitions. Shot on location in Maine and hosted by LeVar Burton
How much is a million? by David M Schwartz( visu )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
A mathematical magician helps readers conceptualize a million, a billion, and a trillion. Other segments include: Really big numbers: LeVar explores ways of counting large numbers as he talks to people who share grouping and estimating techniques ; How crayons are made: a visit to the Crayola Crayon Factory shows how crayons are made and talk about the large number of crayons they handle in their jobs ; Football estimation: a visit to Giants Stadium shows how vendors and stadium employees use estimation to prepare for game day
A chair for my mother by Vera B Williams( visu )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 346 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book A chair for my mother, by Vera Williams. Host LeVar Burton carries through the story line about members of a family who team up and work together to rebuild their lives after a tragic fire, as he and his friends create a song and dance number called Teamwork
Hill of fire by Thomas P Lewis( visu )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and held by 340 libraries worldwide
In a work of fiction, the birth of the Parícutin volcano is presented. Then, while at Volcano National Park in Hawaii, LeVar is only 2,000 feet from a major eruption of Kilauea Volcano. He tells about two kinds of lava and why volcanoes occur. LeVar talks to volcanologists who are studying the prediction of eruptions, and viewers learn what is inside our earth that causes volcanoes. LeVar also visits an artist--Chiu Leong--who creates raku pottery
Alistair in outer space ( visu )
10 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 336 libraries worldwide
Visits the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and goes on a treasure hunt through several library departments, including the Division of Maps and Globes, Book Restoration, and Film. Features the book Alistair in outer space by Marilyn Sadler, in which a fastidious little boy on his way to return his library books is captured by a spaceship and whisked into outer space. Introduces Conan the Librarian and reviews other books with related themes
Rechenka's eggs ( visu )
6 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 328 libraries worldwide
Natural and crafted eggs are the subject of this program hosted by LeVar Burton. The Russian story of "Rechenka's eggs" by Patricia Polacco is read, the viewer visits the author, who decorates an egg using the Ukranian art of pysanky. Also included is an experiment to show the strength of an egg and students watch many animals hatch from eggs. Three other books are introduced, including "The talking eggs" by Robert D. San Souci, "Stefan & Olga" by Betsy Day, and "I made it myself" by Sabine Lohf
Dive to the coral reefs and the magic schoolbus: inside the earth by Reading Rainbow( visu )
9 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 326 libraries worldwide
The featured book "Dive to the coral reefs" written by Elizabeth Taynton, Paul Erickson and Les Kaufman, describes the formation of a coral reef and the many plants and animals that live in and around these underwater communities. Host, LeVar Burton scuba dives in the coral reefs off the Florida Keys where he encounters tropical fish and a variety of fascinating coral. Viewers will also meet a "reef doctor" who restores life to damaged reefs by transplanting living coral. Featured books are "How to hide an octopus & other sea creatures" by Ruth Heller ; "I can be an oceanographer" ; and "Creatures of the sea" by John Christopher Fine
 
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